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Book Review/Overview: The Sun Is Also a Star, by: Nicola Yoon

Updated on April 9, 2019
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Major book worm and love romantics! I am a senior in high school and looking forward to a possible writing career in the near future.

About The Author: Nicola Yoon

Nicola is from Jamaica, and lives in Los Angelos with her family. Yoon is a #1 New York Times best selling author of "Everything Everything", which is now a major motion picture, and "The Sun Is Also A Star."

Yoon is someone who believes that you can fall in love in an instant and that it can last forever.

"The Sun Is Also A Star" was written for Nicola's mother and father who taught her about dreams and how to catch them.

Book Synopsis

A story of a boy, a girl and the universe.

Natasha has less than a day before she is deported from New York City to Jamaica. On the same day, complications arise when Natasha meets a Korean American named Daniel. Daniel challenges Natasha by saying that he could make her fall in love with him in a day.

About The Book

This novel is about so many things, love, immigration and what it truly means to be American. More than anything its about fate. Natasha is a Jamaican immigrant who sticks to her beliefs in science and number. She does not believe in fate. Daniel on the other hand is a Korean-American poet. Being Korean, he believes in koi no yokan, translating it means "love at second sight." Meaning that at some point one will end up falling in love with someone they just met.

From the beginning, the story was exceptionally engaging. I was very pleased with how personal it is with each character. You truly feel like you are getting every detail. The book was written in so many different points of view. Hearing each perspective of the story from Natasha to Daniel to even the conductor of the train was just incredible. The way Yoon portrays each emotion going through the characters makes this novel feel remarkably real. I was blown away with the details given in this novel.

It's not just the way Yoon writes that makes these novels so eye catching. Even the book cover catches your eye. The way she used the bright colors and the artistry on the front of her novels, just makes you want to know what could be inside of the book.

Domestic Publisher: Random House Children's Books/ Delacorte

Character Descriptions

Natasha - (Jamaican)

Believes in science and facts. She does not believe in fate nor destiny. She does not think that she is capable of love. Very hard to convince. If you are arguing with her the best way to win the argument is by using science and facts to back you up.

Daniel- (Korean- American)

The good son, the good student. He is a poet. Believe in fate and destiny. See's love as something mysterious.

The Education Behind It

This novel was unexpectedly educational. It teaches theories and teaches you new ways of thinking. This book teaches the reader a lesson on being optimistic. It teaches that you should always have an open mind and take chances on things even if they may seem impossible. Each chapter was very informative and taught the reader about every detail needed. I was completely blown away by the educational details in this novel.

Education Topics:

  • Immigration & Deportation
  • Vocabulary: Multiverses, koi no yokan, irie,....
  • African American History
  • Korean American History
  • The Grandfather Paradox


"Beautifully crafted." - People Magazine

"...a deep dive into love and chance and self-determination- and the many way humans affect one another, often without even know it." - New York Times, Book Review

"Lyrical and sweeping, full of hope, heartbreak, fate... and the universal beating of the human heart." -Booklist, starred review

"A moving suspenseful portrayal of a fleeting relationship." -Publisher's Weekly, starred review

Personal Review

After reading this novel, I personally cannot wait to watch the upcoming movie. The author and the novel deserve so much appreciation and recognition for this outstanding performance.

I have also read Yoon's other book, "Everything, Everything", and may I say I was thoroughly impressed. This also had a movie made after it. Both the movie and the book were exquisite. The amount of effort Nicola puts into her writings is so inspiring.

Awards & Praise

  • Michael L Printz Honor Book
  • Walter Honor Book

  • Coretta Scott King New Talent Award
  • New York Times Notable Children's Book of the Year 2016
  • Amazon Top 20 Best Book of the Year 2016
  • Amazon Best Book of the Year ( Young Adult, 2016)
  • #1 Indie Next Winter 2016

Other Books By Author

  • "Everything, Everything"
  • "The Sun Is Also A Star"

Motion Picture Trailer: The Sun Is Also A Star

Buy Author's Other Books

© 2019 Madison Bobbitt


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